About Arc Fused Alumina

About us Overview

La Bâthie plant in Savoie, France

Created 120 years ago, La Bâthie plant produces white fused alumina by electrofusion since 1920’s and added bubble alumina, Abral® and silicon nitrides to the portfolio in the 2nd half of the 20th century.
The plant has its own power plant which produces 20% of its electricity requirements. In 2012 sales exceeded 24kt for a turnover in excess of 25M€. 16 product ranges of white fused alumina are supplied as nearly 200 individual items. Around 20% of products are exported outside Europe to more than 160 customers located at more than 220 delivery sites.

The major markets are abrasives, refractories, laminated flooring and ceramics and within these some key applications such as bonded abrasives, blasting and tiles. We provide high quality and consistent products, together with a fully reliable service.

At the site there are around 170 employees. The plant has its own analytical laboratory and there is a full time Lean Six sigma black belt on site.  The raw material for white fused alumina is calcined alumina. Arc Fused Alumina has following certifications : ISO9001 (Quality), ISO14001 (Environment) and OHSAS 18001 (Health and Safety). Continual efforts are made to reduce environmental emissions in particular dust and noise.

With a 40 000 mt/year capacity, we produce and sell macro and micro grits for bonded and coated abrasives, blasting, refractories and ceramic applications.
We have different crushing, grinding and sieving technologies in order to reach the particle sizes you need. Our teams are available for the development of new products and new applications. Our fused alumina can be supplied anywhere in the world in full trucks loads (24 mt) and full container loads (18-20 mt).

Arc Fused Alumina clients

Arc Fused Alumina is selling all kind of white fused alumina all over the world in more than 40 countries. Main customers are in ceramics, laminated flooring, refractory, and polishing / grinding / blasting sectors.

As a specialist and expert in manufacturing of white fused alumina we are able to customize our products to all customers’ needs and requirements for both chemistry and granulometry. Our technical team, made of technicians and engineers all experts in their fields, are at your disposal for optimizing our white fused alumina to your specifications and constrains. Our large portfolio of products suits with all kind of requests and is following FEPA standards.

ARC FUSED ALUMINA is an active member of FEPA : FEPA logo

Our ISO certifications

Keys facts

  • 170 employees
  • 3 workshops in Savoie
  • Certifications (ISO9001 for Quality, ISO14001 for Environment, OHSAS 18001 for Health and Safety)
  • Production Capacity: 40 000 t/an
  • 16 product ranges of white fused alumina

Our Story

1895: Construction of a hydroelectrical powerstation and silicon carbide production facility.

1905: Start of abrasive production at the site.

1921-22: Start of production of white fused alumina by electrofusion.

1971: Commission of the 4000KW furnace.

1977-80: Construction and commissioning of the AMG micrograins facility.

1984-86: Modernization of the Arbine workshop for processing of WFA.

1993-95: Launching of silicon nitride product range.

1997: Creation of Pechiney Electrometallurgy Abrasives and refractories (PEM AR).

1998: Launch of ABRAL® and first production of product for laminated flooring.

2000: Certification ISO 14001.

2003: Integration with other non-metallurgical activities of Pechiney.

2002: AMG and Cristalba workshop Instrumentation and supervision.

2004: Pechiney becomes part of Alcan and ASE.

2006: Certification OHSAS 18001.

2007: Rio Tinto purchases Alcan and Rio Tinto Alcan Specialty Aluminas formed.

2011: Installation of equipment for the treatment of CALF grains for the laminated flooring market.

2012: Investment to upgrade water classification system at AMG workshop.

2017 : Renamed ARC FUSED ALUMINA after being bought by New Day Aluminium Group

2018 : Investment of a new production line at the AMG workshop